ELM GROVE - The Wheeling Park softball team had been on a roll since its early season loss to John Marshall on the Monarchs' home diamond.
The Patriots had a chance to avenge that loss Monday afternoon on Lisa's Field at the I-470 complex, but they let the ball slip away. Multiple times.
Wheeling Park committed eight errors in the first five innings as it fell to John Marshall, 9-2.
Photo by Tony Viola/John Marshall pitcher Jessica Kinnick pitches against Wheeling Park during Monday’s game on Lisa’s Field at the I-470 complex in Wheeling. John Marshall beat Park 9-2.
The Monarchs, ranked No. 6 in this week's state poll, have now won 15 of their last 17 after a 1-2 start.
''I think it was a case were we got on a roll early,'' JM coach Ed West said. ''They made a couple mistakes and helped us out. We just kept our foot on the accelerator.''
Morgan Vucelik and Jessica Kinnick scored on throwing errors by the second baseman to give the Monarchs (16-4) an early 2-0 lead.
Vucelik scored again in the third off a hit from Jessica Kinnick, who scored when Hannah Rogerson hit one over the center field fence to make it 5-0.
''She's come around,'' West said of Rogerson. ''She struggled a little bit early in the year, but the last 10 games, she's been hitting the ball pretty hard all the time. That was no surprise for me.''
Things really got out of hand in the fourth as Park was credited with three errors.
With one out, Jackie Gellner doubled and scored on another Kinnick hit. Sis George, who reached on an error, and Kinnick scored when Rogerson doubled into center field. Rogerson made it to third as ball rolled through the centerfielder's legs.
Alyssa Blake then drove Rogerson in during the next at-bat to give the Monarchs a 9-0 lead.
No. 7-ranked Wheeling Park (10-4) finally got the bats going in the fifth as back-to-back hits by Morgan Karnell and Colleen Tracy and an error loaded the bases with no outs.
After Kelsi Johnson hit into a fielder's choice that left Karnell out at home, Carly Greer drove in Tracy to make it 9-1. On the next at-bat, Ashleigh Sidon hit into a fielder's choice that allowed pinch runner Laral Saunders to score.
Kinnick, who earned a victory for the Monarchs, struck out Katarina Donzella to end the inning.
''She did a very nice job,'' West said of Kinnick. ''I told her that's exactly what we needed. She kept them off balanced a little bit with that change-up she was throwing. She pitched a real nice game. I'm very proud of her.''
Greer took the loss for the Patriots, who are now 0-2 against their rivals, but hold the No. 2 seed in the latest OVAC poll.
John Marshall is the No. 4 seed with the cutoff date for the OVAC Tournament being Wednesday.
''I don't care where we finish in the poll,'' West said. ''As long as we're in the playoffs, we have a shot. As long as we have that shot, that's all I care about.''
Wheeling Park coach Dee Davis was unavailable for comment after the game.
Paden City 9, Valley 1
PINE GROVE - Catcher Amber Neff had three singles and the RBI and Taylor Cosper had eight strikeouts and limited Valley to just two singles as Paden City improved to 7-12.
Abby Still had a pair of singles and drove in a run and Hannah Stanley also had a pair of base hits.
Bre Haris had a single for Valley.
Bishop Donahue 15-12
Notre Dame 0-4
ELM GROVE - Abby Mele tossed a combined three-hitter as Bishop Donahue swept Notre Dame.
Mele threw a one-hitter in Game 1 for the Bishops (5-9) and followed that up with a two-hitter in the nightcap.
Jewel Pupura had two hits and drove in three runs in the first game and had a three-run homer in the second.
Sommer South added a double among two hits with an RBI in Game 2 and Mele doubled twice and drove in three runs.
Jen Little also doubled twice among three hits.
Magnolia 4, Ravenswood 1
NEW MARTINSVILLE - Mallory Chapman hit a solo home run as Magnolia beat Ravenswood.
Chapman also earned a victory as she retired 11 on strikes for the Blue Eagles (10-8), while Davianne Croasmun added a two-run homer.
River 10, Tyler
KIDWELL - Haylee Bowers doubled as River blanked Tyler Consolidated in three innings.
Monica Curtis earned a victory as she tossed a two-hitter for the Pilots (15-20 and also added two hits.
BRIDGEPORT - Keri Renzler doubled, tripled and drove in a run as Bridgeport beat Shadyside.
Miranda Bowers picked up a victory and also added an RBI single for the Bulldogs, while Dakota Dobryznski tripled among two hits and drove in a run.
Megan Heagney took the loss for the Tigers and added two solo home runs.
St. Clairsville 8,
Union Local 7
STEUBENVILLE - Miranda Mirabella doubled among two hits and drove in a run as Steubenville Catholic topped Steubenville.
Ash Daley doubled among three hits and drove in two runs for the Crusaders (7-3), while Alex McComb earned a victory and also had an RBI single.
Tenia Barker had two hits and drove in two runs for Big Red (10-7).
St. John 8, Frontier 1
MATAMORAS - Kate Lovinski homered among two hits and drove in four runs as St. John topped Frontier.
Hannah Absalom tossed a one-hitter and she retired 14 on strikes. She also doubled twice among three hits and drove in a run for the Irish.
Lexi Brookeover tripled for Frontier's lone hit and drove in its only run.
MORGANTOWN - Courtney Kaczmarek tossed a no-hitter in Game 1 as Madonna swept Trinity.
Amanda Pulice followed that up with a four-hitter in Game 2 for the Blue Dons.
Emily Pietranton added a home run and Aubrey Platek tripled and doubled.
Beaver Local 0
WELLSBURG - Taylor Simala tripled as Brooke blanked Beaver Local.
Kaylee Kuchinksi earned a victory as she retired 10 on strikes for the Bruins (8-8).
Courtney Messenger took the loss and had two hits for the Beavers.
Wheeling Central 6 Cameron 3
WHEELING - Jai Ehir Jackson tripled among three hits as Wheeling Central beat Cameron.
Allie Cook doubled for the Maroon Knights and Madison Basinger picked up a victory as she retired eight on strikes.
Linda Hall took the loss for the Dragons as she fanned five.